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April 9, 2015

07:00 PM
Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?

Chapman Hall Lecture Hall
University of Tulsa
2830 E 5th Street
Tulsa, OK 74104

The University of Tulsa will host economist Dean Baker for the Lectureship in Politics and Law on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 p.m. Dean Baker is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered in the Chapman Hall Lecture Hall at 2830 E. 5th Street. The topic of Dean Baker’s talk is “Inequality in American Society – Should We Blame the Market?”

For more information about the event call 918-631-2338. This event is sponsored by the Social Science Interest Group, the Departments of Political Science and Economics, and the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences (all with the University of Tulsa.)

May 5, 2015

10:15:00 PM

Tuesday, May 5, 6:15PM

Jerome Greene Annex
Columbia Law School
410 West 117th Street
New York, NY 10027

Moderator: Rohan Grey, President, Modern Money Network

Speakers:
Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School and Director, Edmond J. Sraffa Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Alan Aja, Assistant Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College
Michael Menser, President, Participatory Budgeting Project and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Brooklyn College

This seminar will explore various initiatives aimed at decentralizing the levers of public finance, and increasing the level of citizen and community participation in government budgetary decisions. Questions to be addressed include:

• How can public finance be harnessed to address issues such as political corruption, copyright overexpansion and structural racial wealth inequality?
• What are the benefits and drawbacks of promoting citizen-level investment through conditional cash-transfer programs?
• What are the capacities and limits of participatory budgeting practices?

A livestream of the seminar will be available on the day, and a HD link will be placed here after the event.
For more information and to register, see The Modern Money Network.

April 3, 2015

3:00 PM
Obama and Latin America (Lecture at Ohio University)

Bentley Hall 124
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

CEPR Senior Associate for International Policy Alexander Main will lecture at Ohio University on April 3, 2015. He will discuss the following topic: 

On April 10 President Obama is expected to join his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts at the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and allow its socialist government to participate in the Summit for the first time has led to predictions that the U.S. president will be warmly received by the region's leaders. But, while the White House policy shift on Cuba has undoubtedly removed one stumbling block for U.S. relations with its southern neighbors, new points of contention have emerged and old sources of tension persist. Will Obama, in the short time he has left in office, succeed in steering the U.S. foreign policy machine in a more constructive direction, or will relations between the U.S. and Latin America continue to grow more distant?

This event is free and open to the public. 

March 27, 2015

4:30 - 5:30 PM
Resolved: Capitalism is Good for the Soul

Linsley Chittenden Hall 101
Yale College
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

At this debate sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and the Yale Federalist Party, CEPR's Dean Baker will argue in the negative of the resolution, "Capitalism is Good for the Soul". His opponent, arguing in the affirmative, will be Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and AEI. For more information, please contact ISI.

 

March 30, 2015

9:30 AM–noon
Against the Odds: Older Worker Reemployment in Today's Economy

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

CEPR's Dean Baker will be a panelist at this AARP Public Policy Institute Issues Forum, which will include the release a new AARP report on the results of a survey of the experiences of nearly 2,500 workers ages 45 to 70 who faced unemployment in the past five years. Moderated by Steven Greenhouse, formerly of the New York Times, Dean and his fellow panelists, Katharine Abraham of the University of Maryland and Ofer Sharone of the MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss how best to deal with the problems facing the unemployed and how to better prepare for the next economic downturn.   

Click Here to Register. Continental breakfast and beverages will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. For more information, see AARP's Future of [email protected]+ Initiative.

March 30, 2015

04:00 PM
Don't Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality

3rd Floor Conference Room
Gordon Hall, UMass Amherst
418 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

The Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are co-hosting an Economic Theory Workshop featuring CEPR's John Schmitt.  He'll be presenting the report that he co-authored with EPI's Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz, Don't Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality.

March 26, 2015

11:10 AM–12:35 PM
The Recession of Economic Collapse: The Bush Administration and Over-Valued Dollar

Hofstra University
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

CEPR's Dean Baker will present an address on economic policy as part of Hofstra University's Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. Dean will be introduced by Professor Martin Melonian of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

There is a fee to attend the conference, and registration is required.  For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 30, 2015

08:00:00 PM

3rd Floor Conference Room
Gordon Hall, UMass Amherst
418 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

The Political Economy Research Institute and Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are co-hosting an Economic Theory Workshop featuring CEPR's John Schmitt. He'll be presenting the report that he co-authored with EPI's Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz, Don't Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality.

March 6, 2015

9:00-10:30
Democracy and the Political Situation in Haiti

Rayburn HOB 2168, Gold Room
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

RSVP

For decades, Haiti's institutions and economic development have been frequently undermined by political crises and outside intervention. The last five years have only confirmed this pattern: Haiti's November 2010 elections were tainted by irregularities and foreign interference, the subsequent legislative elections have been delayed over three years and recent protests led to the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. This panel of Haitian and U.S. experts will examine the causes of recent political instability and discuss how to ensure that Haiti's next elections help strengthen rather than weaken democratic rule.

March 4, 2015

9:00-10:30am
Aid Accountability in Haiti

Cannon HOB 421
27 Independence Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

RSVP

Following Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, the international community announced around $10 billion in relief and reconstruction assistance.  With limited tangible results on the ground, Haitian and U.S. civil society groups have been asking "where has the money gone?", prompting the U.S. Congress to pass the 2014 Assessing Progress in Haiti Act last year.  This panel will look at how U.S. and other foreign assistance funding has been spent over the last five years and discuss improving transparency and accountability around the aid efforts of both Haitian and international entities.

March 26, 2015

03:10:00 PM - 04:35:00 PM

Hofstra University
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

CEPR's Dean Baker will present an address on economic policy as part of Hofstra University's Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. Dean will be introduced by Professor Martin Melonian of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

There is a fee to attend the conference, and registration is required. For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 2, 2015

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans Convention

Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703

CEPR's Dean Baker will be a featured speaker at the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans 10th Anniversary Convention, which will address issues such as the Economics of Retirement Security, Affordable Health Care for All,  Right to Work (for less) Economics, and Media Strategies.  Other guest speakers will include John Nichols of The Nation magazine and Ruth Conniff of The Progressive magazine.

Registration is required. The fee is $50 and the deadline is February 23, 2015.  For more information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 414-771-9511.

February 10, 2015

10:00 - 11:00 AM
Currency Manipulation and Trade Agreements

Cannon House Office Building 122
Washington, DC 20515

Congressmen John Dingell and Dan Kildee will moderate a briefing featuring CEPR's Dean Baker, Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute, Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, and Raphael Goodstein of the American Automotive Policy Council. They will discuss currency manipulation, and why enforceable provisions are necessary in trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

For more information, please contact Brandon Honoré of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February 10, 2015

12:00 PM

How Should Ridesharing Be Regulated?

Hayek Auditorium
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Join CEPR's Dean Baker, Matthew Feeney from Cato Institute and Marc Scribner from Competitive Enterprise Institute for a discussion on ridesharing and what regulatory framework should govern this new and controversial industry.

The rise of ridesharing in the U.S. and abroad has been accompanied by complaints and concerns related to the regulation of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft. Reports of rideshare drivers assaulting passengers as well as worries about insurance coverage and vehicle inspections have all prompted discussion about the safety of ridesharing. In addition, market incumbents have complained that rideshare companies are unfairly flouting existing regulation.

For more information and to register for the event: http://www.cato.org/events/how-should-ridesharing-be-regulated

February 10, 2015

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Rising Inequality and Its Impact on Social Security

Senate Dirksen Office Building
Room 608
Washington, DC 20510

CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking at this Capitol Hill briefing, hosted by the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, the day before the top 1% of U.S. workers will finish paying their Social Security payroll taxes for the year. He'll be joined by U.S. Senators, including Bernie Sanders, as well as Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Nancy Altman of Social Security Works, Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress, and Monique Morrissey of the Economic Policy Institute.

January 29, 2015

3:10 PM
Improving and Extending Medicare as a Choice to All

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

CEPR's Dean Baker will be speaking about improving and extending Medicare as a choice to all at the National Academy of Social Insurance's 27th annual policy research conference, titled "Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years." He'll be joined by Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum, Sherry Glied of New York University, and Renee Landers of Suffolk Law School. Their session will address coverage over the life span, including the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid coverage, end-of-life medical and long-term care needs, and the benefits and risks of making Medicare a universal single-payer system.
Registration for the conference is required.  For more information, click here.

Dean's Presentation: PDFpdf_small

December 15, 2014

Noon-1:20 pm
Private Equity at Wharton

Steinberg-Deitrich Hall, Room 116
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370

As part of their Human and Social Capital Seminar series the Management Department of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and her co-author, Rosemary Batt of Cornell University.  They'll be discussing their groundbreaking book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street.

December 12, 2014

2:00 PM

2237 Rayburn House Building
Washington, DC 

*Complimentary Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake will be provided

Co-hosted by Rep. John Conyers, the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, sponsor of H.R. 4171, the Labor Statistics Improvement Act

According to the latest unemployment figures, America has seen 10.9 million jobs created over 57 consecutive months of job growth, bringing the official unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent from its peak of 10 percent during the Great Recession.  But policymakers across the political spectrum recognize that the official unemployment rate fails to reflect the true state of economic opportunity in America.  As of November 2014, there are still more than two job-seekers for every single job opening. More than 16 million Americans continue to seek full-time work, including 7 million part-time workers who want full-time work. Another 5.77 million Americans want a job but have become too discouraged to keep searching.  

December 10, 2014

5:30-7:30 PM
Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street

IRL NYC Conference Center 
16 East 34th Street (at Madison)
New York, NY 10016

Registration for this event is required 

The Worker Institute of Cornell University's ILR school are hosting CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum and Cornell ILR faculty Rosemary Batt to discuss the inner workings of private equity in the economy in their latest book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street.  Reflections and perspectives will be provided by ILR alumni Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director Investment Banking, Barclays, and Joshua Cherry-Seto, Chief Financial Officer, Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC.

You may purchase an advance copy for signing fromThe Russell Sage Foundation or other online book and e-book vendors. A limited number of books will be available at the event.

 

 

  

December 1, 2014

6:00 PM
Dean Baker to Deliver MECEP’s 2014 Shepard Lee Lecture

Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square
Portland, Maine 04101

CEPR's Dean Baker will deliver the next Shepard Lee lecture in Portland, Maine. He'll be speaking about full employment, the main topic of his most recent book, Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People, coauthored with Jared Bernstein, which Robert Reich has called “a gem of a book.”

The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) initiated the Shepard Lee Lecture series to honor the noted entrepreneur, civic leader, political advisor and advocate for justice who has contributed to Maine’s public life for more than five decades.  MECEP is Maine’s leading non-profit research and policy development organization.  

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by questions from the audience and a reception at the conclusion of the program.

November 13, 2014

9:30 AM
Work In Brazil: A Comparative Perspective

Main Hall (First floor, Block E)
College of Education University of Campinas Campinas, Brazil

As part of an international seminar, CEPR's John Schmitt will be speaking on a panel about "The challenges of the labor market: precariousness." He will be joined by Albert Recio of the Autonomous University of Barcelona as well as Carlos Salas and Anselmo Luiz dos Santos of the University of Campinas.